Trump has sent a solidarity message to his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who is set to be sentenced today for lying to FBI investigators.

Trump has sent a solidarity message to his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who is set to be sentenced today for lying to FBI investigators.

The memo released by FBI effectively nailed Michael for lying about conversation with the Russian ambassador regarding issues he knew were important.

He will be facing criminal sentencing for lying to investigators. This is a clearer explanation of what he said to the FBI agents in January 2017. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in that interview and about his lobbying for the Turkish government.

He will likely face jail term, though Mueller’s team has asked the judge to give him no prison time because he has helped their investigation, along with other federal probes.

Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn. Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!

However it is interesting to know that the President Donald has been attacking the Mueller’s investigation. He queried whether Mueller pursued Flynn on a criminal charge at odds with the FBI’s initial findings.

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok’s participation in the Flynn interview and the fact that Flynn was not warned he could be prosecuted for lying and had no lawyer in the room with him when he met with the FBI at the White House has also cast political shadows on the case.

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Trump has alleged the FBI determined that day that Flynn hadn’t lied. Yet the memo from January 24, 2017, that was released Monday night does not say the FBI agents made any determinations at that time. The memo only outlines what Flynn said in a straightforward manner.

The subsequent criminal complaint, filed by Mueller’s office in December 2017, outlined how Flynn’s retelling of the conversations was wrong.

A memo released by Mueller’s office last week described how the FBI had known the facts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak before the agency approached him in the West Wing. A separate memo filed with the court last week summarized how Strzok recalled he “had the impression at the time that Flynn was not lying or did not think he was lying.”

The memo explained how Flynn downplayed his approach in the discussion with Kislyak when FBI agents asked about the discussions in the January 2017 interview. He told the agents that “no,” he had not sought to influence Russia’s vote on a United Nations Security Council resolution about Israeli settlements.

During the run-up to the controversial December 2016 UN security council resolution 2334 on Israeli settlement building which passed after the Obama administration abstained.

It was widely reported at the time, that Israel had been lobbying the team of then President-elect Trump in an attempt to derail the vote.

But investigators are already aware , according to charging documents filed last year, that Flynn had asked for Russia to vote against or delay the resolution.

The FBI’s memo revealed also that Flynn lied when he was asked about the US’s expulsion of Russian diplomats or closing Russian properties following the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election. They asked him if he had encouraged Kislyak not to retaliate.

“Flynn responded, ‘Not really. I don’t remember.’ It wasn’t, ‘Don’t do anything,’ ” the memo said.
But the FBI knew that Flynn had asked Russia on that call not to escalate its response to the US.

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That call and series of phone calls between Flynn and Trump officials, including some who were at Mar-a-Lago along with the Donald Trump. Those calls between Trump advisers and Flynn were revealed in Flynn’s charging document and not described in the January 2017 FBI memo released Monday.

Flynn made the calls around Christmas 2016 from the Dominican Republic, where he was vacationing with his wife. Kislyak had texted Flynn on December 28, 2016, asking him to call, which set off the series of calls in the following days.

The FBI memo also exposed Flynn’s interactions with Russian officials, trips to the country and the relationship he developed with Kislyak through when he became national security adviser. Those events date back to 2013, when he was the first Defense Intelligence Agency director to visit the Russian military intelligence headquarters, and another visit years later.

Flynn called Kislyak to express condolences, following the assassination of a Russian ambassador in Turkey and the crash of a Russian military plane, twice in late 2016.

“Flynn does not know if Putin and Trump will get along, but it is Flynn’s job to figure out paths to work with Russia to fight terrorism,” the FBI memo said.

This is an ongoing case, we will update you with more info..

Updated: December 18, 2018 — 4:26 pm

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